Level 2 Inspector and Decontaminator Training
Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training
Virtual Training January 26-28, 2021, 9AM-NOON (3 days); CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training February 23-25, 2021, 9AM-NOON (3 days); CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training March 23-25, 2021, 8AM-NOON (3 days): Zoom register here.
Virtual Training April 6-8, 2021 8AM–NOON (3 days): Zoom register here.
Virtual Training April 20-22, 2021 8AM–NOON (3 days): Zoom register here.
The training includes:
Introduction and Western State AIS Programs
Biology (Zebra/Quagga mussel and other Aquatic Invasive Species)
Inspection Procedures and practice
Triggers for decontamination and Step-by-step procedures.
For any questions, please contact:
“Quagga D” Davis
This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The course is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. The class size is restricted to 10–12 people, and the focus is on actual inspections of various types of watercraft and the use of several decontamination systems. It is certified by 100th Meridian member agencies and successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion.
It is recommended that students be trained in both inspection and decontamination in the same two-day course, and do not attend different classes for each. To be trained in decontamination, students must participate in all decontamination sessions (approximately 5 hours including demonstrate practical knowledge by taking part in practical decontaminations). All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class. The training must include additional inspection practice, along with standard decontamination modules or chapters/slideshows:
1) Additional inspection practice
2) Triggers for Decontamination
3) Types of Decontamination and Step-By-Step Decontamination Procedures
4) Working knowledge of boat anatomy, form and function
Inspection and Decontamination trainings are delivered over two days (12–14 hours), mostly at Lake Mead located on the Nevada/Arizona Border near Las Vegas. The training focuses on actual field inspections of various types of watercraft, which may or may not be contaminated with quagga mussels and then day two will entail decontamination procedures according to the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States (UMPS III).
Dress for the training should be work clothes. There will be some crawling under boats on both dirt and pavement. You will also be operating boat washing equipment on Wednesday that will be using hot (>160° F) and could (surely will) get some splash. A pair of disposable/reusable coveralls will be provided upon request. Footwear should have non-marking outsoles (so you don’t leave marks on the boats while inspecting and decontaminating them) and be able to get wet without being damaged. Flip flops or any open footwear is not advised for Wednesday since there most likely will be very hot water splashing during the decontamination process.
Remember your cameras and sunscreen.
Sample Virtual Agenda
Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Training
[Note - times shown below may not reflect the agenda of the class you enroll in]
8:45 Log into Zoom – Zooming 101
9:30 PSMFC - WIT/WID Western States Training Program Overview
9:45 CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife – AIS Program Overview
10:00 AZ Game & Fish – AIS Program Overview
10:30 AIS Program Review – Q & A
11:00 Biology - Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and other AIS Species of Concern
11:45 Biology Review - Q & A
12:00 Adjourn (Based on completion)
8:45 Log into Zoom
9:00 Watercraft Anatomy – Systems and Components Review
9:30 Name That Boat Game
9:45 Watercraft Anatomy Review – Q & A
10:15 Assessing Risk and Best Practices - Inspection
11:00 Inspection Review – Q & A
11:15 WID Data System
11:30 Data System – Q & A
12:00 Adjourn (Based on Completion)
8:45 Log into Zoom
9:00 Decontamination Procedures Review
9:45 Pressure Washer Safety
10:00 Decontamination Review – Q & A
10:30 Chat Rooms
Inspection Chat Room
Practice Inspections with Scenarios
Triggers for HIGH Risk Watercrafts
11:45 Final Questions, Prize Winners and Class Pic
Based on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
Certificates will be handed out at completion of training